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5.1 /6 Excellent 60 Reviews

Mela - Harborne

Harborne Indian ££ +100
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About Mela - Harborne

Mela describe their restaurant experience as the art of fine dining, and we do not hesitate to agree, especially if you, like us, agree that fine Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine matched by professional service in an environment that exudes restrained elegance qualifies as fine dining. Mela’s Harborne High Street premises are fully-licensed as well, with a great range of fine wine and premium beer available, all paired again with some of Birmingham’s finest Indian cuisine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 00:00
Mela - Harborne, 101-103 High Street, B17 9NR Birmingham

Further Information

Mela offers a monthly special that ensures fans of this Harborne High Street Indian restaurant keep coming back for more, and are kept pleasantly surprised when they do. Take, for example, a four course meal for rock bottom prices – a special mixed platter starter, your choice of main course (except seafood), rice or naan, and a coffee or tea to finish. That said, eating in any day of the week is a pleasure, with Mela offering Birmingham’s picky curry lovers a great a la carte and takeaway menu, brimming with signature Indian and Bangladeshi specialties.

Mela’s chefs know a thing or three about the regional specifics of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, and something again about how to use only the freshest ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes. Traditional cooking methods are consistently used in this Harborne High Street kitchen, and the service staff are more than capable of advising diners on the options available. A highlight of the menu is Mela’s tawa, which alone should bring Birmingham’s curious connoisseurs down to this special restaurant. This signature dish takes chicken, lamb, king prawns or vegetables, cooking them with fresh garlic, shallots, mixed bell peppers and a secret tawa sauce. It’s a semi-dry dish bursting with flavour and served sizzling on a tawa dish. Recommended by Mela’s chef, it comes doubly recommended by us.


60 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 60 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 07:39

Excellent food and service. No fuss or hassle. Waiter remembered who ordered what. Very high standard throughout. BYOB an exclent feature we will use next time

1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 08:34

Great service, food and value - thanks for a smashing evening. This is a very nice restaurant in a good location in Harborne. The team were very accommodating for such a large group (20+)

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 06:57

Fantastic good and also great value. The place was well presented and the service was excellent. Easily the best cuisine of this type I have ever had.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 09:58

Amazing food. We never fail to have a great meal at Mela. Staff are very friendly and offer an excellent service. Will certainly be returning to Mela for a meal.

1 review so far 3
25.11.2015 11:49

We had to wait 1/2 an hour for a table, no drinks offered while we waited. Table was nicely presented and drinks served at the table. Staters were good, but the time taken to serve the main courses took to long meaning the first out was cold by the time the last came out. This somewhat tainted the evening as we were entertaining friends & had billed Mela as a premium curry house. Would think twice about going again

2 reviews so far 5
12.06.2016 17:07

We first visited Mela in November last year. Lovely food and excellent service. Mela is the only place we go now when we want a curry in a restaurant. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 13:29

Early evening meal with our daughter who's just started at Birmingham Uni. Thought she might need a good meal!! She didn't get a good meal - she got an excellent meal. Menu was a bit different. I had the lamb from their speciality page - beautiful. Really tender meat and full of flavour. Could easily miss restaurant as single doorway with restaurant upstairs. Don't let entrance put you off as dining area very upmarket. Totally recommend.

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 09:37

Always great food, whether take out or dine in at Mela. Will continue to order from here whenever I have a take out, and will definitely be visiting again

2 reviews so far 6
22.06.2016 20:46

Mela is only indian restaurant we go to. Been going here around 7mths. Last weekend was no different - good food and good service. Always recommend.

1 review so far 5
18.05.2016 08:11

As always, great food, friendly helpful staff, nice decor and lighting..... Very reasonable prices. Although Mela has a licensed bar you are able to take your own drinks along too.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 15:43

I went there twice (once with friends and last time with my parents) and it was always great! The food is delicious and the staff is really friendly. I think the price-quality ratio is quite good and I strongly recommend this restaurant since I will most propably come back.

1 review so far 5
04.06.2016 07:51

I was surprised that the restaurant was entered via just a door that led to stairs that arrived at a restaurant above a row if shops. However the food was excellent, the service from all the staff was attentive and engaging, and although noisy ( as the place was very busy) that added to rage sense of atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 5
08.03.2016 09:06

The food is really nice, not too pricey & always large portions, I have the chicken hyderabadi & I love it. The drinks are always a little flat, I don't think they keep their fizzy in fridges so it always tastes a bit off. Overall though a good experience and it is our regular Indian restaurant now.

1 review so far 5
30.12.2015 18:54

Mela was fabulous. the food and service was as good as ever. However, there was no record of my booking through Quandoo Luckily there was an available table.

1 review so far 5
06.12.2015 11:35

Great service - waiters made sure we were seen to and satisfied at all times. Drink recommendations were made, and a free taster was offered when we were unsure about which drink to order. We were not kept waiting, and felt well looked after. Food was of a good standard and portion sizes were generous.

2 reviews so far 5
11.12.2016 10:07

We visited this restaurant for the first time although we are frequent visitors to other Indian restaurants in Birmingham. We had a good welcome and enjoyed the food very much; the service was very attentive and the atmosphere pleasing. We had the celebratory meal for £14.95 which was extremely good value. We will go back.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 10:32

Excellent - friendly staff, excellent food (shish kebabs some of the best I've eaten) and bonus of take your own wine and/or beer - although they are licenced. Bonus of being local and able to use my Taste Card too!

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 10:04

As always we received a friendly welcome with prompt and polite service. The décor and ambience are most attractive - light, fresh and modern. The food was excellent and the portions generous. Bring-your-own drink is a great bonus!

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 09:41

Gorgeous food, pleasant, stylish setting, friendly service and good value. What more could you ask for? This place is a 'hidden gem', accessed from a single door on the street up a staircase, so don't miss it!

1 review so far 6
02.08.2015 19:54

Excellent dining experience.... Food was gorgeous and service very attentive and efficient. We went on a busy Saturday night but everything was perfect. Good prices for excellent night out, we will be back!!